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Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Cyber and Information Security - AAS


Career Area: Information Technologies
Program: Cyber and Information Security
Campus(es): Online

Be at the forefront of preventing - and investigating - computer hacking and other computer-related crimes

GreatValueCollegesMinnesota State College Southeast's Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Cyber and Information Security is a unique program incorporating networking, cyber security, forensics, and criminal justice to prepare students for employment in a very high demand profession.

In addition to networking and digital, computer and electronic forensics, students will become familiar with the various components of the criminal justice system. Students will learn how to collect and maintain evidence, use interpersonal communication skills, write effectively, present and testify in court, and liaison with criminal justice agencies.

Whether you are a law enforcement professional seeking expertise in this growing field, or a network administrator working for a company that needs to protect its data, Cyber and Information Security at MSC Southeast can help you gain the skills you need for an exciting new career.

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Courses

1) Must complete a minimum of 3 different MnTC goals in Liberal Arts and Sciences

2) 1100 or higher Liberal Arts and Sciences courses required unless specified


GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Goal 4: Mathematics
Choose one Goal 4 course
3 cr
3 cr
COMM1218
College Speech
Students develop interpersonal, small group, and public speaking skills as well as an understanding of basic communication principles. (Fulfills MnTC Goal 1) (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
ENGL1215
College Writing I
This course involves expository writing based on experience, direct observation, research and reading with emphasis on critical thinking skills, rhetorical strategies, and style. (Meets MnTC Goal 1) (Prerequisites: A minimum score of 78 on the Reading Comprehension portion of the ACCUPLACER basic skills test or a minimum score of 18 on the English subject area of the ACT test or successful completion of ENGL0528) (3 Credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
 
15 crs
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
CJSP1102
Introduction to Criminal Justice
This course provides an overview of the philosophical and historical backgroung of the components and policies that make-up the criminal justice system and their interrelationships in our diverse society. It examines deviant behavior in our society and the roles of law enforcement, courts, corrections and community corrections agencies. (Prerequisite: None) (3 Credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
CJSP2104
Introduction to Criminology/Criminal Behavior
This course provides an introductory overview of the basic concepts, issues, causation, theories, application of theories, and methodology to examine crime and criminal behavior. Students will examine how the various componenets of the criminal justice system respond to the challenges of crime and criminal behavior within our society. (Prerequisites: Reading & Writing 3 and Introduction to Criminal Justice) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
CJSP2140
Special Topics: Crime Victims and Computer Crimes
Crime Victims surveys victimology as an area within the study of criminal justice. Theories and viewpoints on the role of victim precipitation in crime, and societal reactions such as victim blame are discussed. Victimization patterns in crimes such as homicide, domestic violence, and child abuse are examined. Treatment of victims by the justice system, and issues regarding victims' rights are described. Computer Crimes is designed to expose future practitioners to internet and other computer-facilitated criminal behavior and determine appropriate responses for law enforcement. This course will examine various ways the use of computer technology has evolved in the commission of criminal behavior such as online child exploitation, identity theft, and cyber bullying. Included is an understanding of the responses of social services and the criminal justice system to these types of crimes.(Prerequisites: Reading & Writing 3 and Introduction to Criminal Justice) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
CJSP2205
Criminal Law and Procedures
This course will introduce students to the main principles of substantive criminal law and procedure. Study will include the elements of major crimes and defenses, and examination of the criminal legal process from investigation through post-sentencing, with special emphasis on laws governing the role of law enforcement. (Prerequisites: Reading & Writing 3 and Introduction to Criminal Justice) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
CJSP2225
Courtroom and Evidence Procedures
The objective of this course is to provide an overview of the technology used in electronic discovery (e-discovery) in civil and criminal cases. It will examine e-discovery identification and preservation to collection, processing, review, production and trial presentation. This course looks at the fast-growing field of digital evidence and provides students with an understanding of proper handling, storage and courtroom testimony related to digital evidence. (Prerequisites: Reading & Writing 3 and Introduction to Criminal Justice) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
NWAT1601
MS Workstation I
This course will explore the MS workstation networking client. The students will learn how to plan, install and configure a MS workstation in a single and multi-domain environment. Emphasis will be placed on the managing, monitoring and optimizing of network resources. Basic troubleshooting techniques will be discussed as it relates to the Microsoft networking environment. The use of diagnostic and monitoring software will be emphasized. (Prerequisite: None) (2 credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
NWAT1602
MS Workstation II
This course will explore the MS workstation networking client. The students will learn how to plan, install and configure a MS workstation in a single and multi-domain environment. Emphasis will be placed on the managing, monitoring and optimizing of network resources. Basic troubleshooting techniques will be discussed as it relates to the Microsoft networking environment. The use of diagnostic and monitoring software will be emphasized. (Prerequisite: MS Workstation I or concurrent) (1 credits: 1 lecture/0 lab)

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1 cr
NWAT1641
Networking Fundamentals
This course will explore the history of TCP/IP. Students will learn the components and functionality of TCP/IP by studying the OSI Model, the TCP/IP stack model and its role in communicating across a network. The student will become familiar with basic and advanced IP addressing, as well as TCP/IP routing. Additional emphasis will be placed on the utilization of TCP/IP tools (TFTP, Ping, Telnet, etc.) Students will be required to calculate IP subnetting for various network scenarios. Practical skills in network cable identification and construction will be employed. (Cisco Semester 1) (Prerequisite: None) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
NWAT1649
Microsoft Server/Enterprise
This course will explore the Microsoft server networking environment. The students will learn how to plan, install and configure a MS server in a single domain environment. Emphasis will be placed on the managing, monitoring and optimizing of network resources. Boot failures, configuration errors and fault-tolerances will be discussed as it relates to the Microsoft environment. Students will be required to install and configure a server in a single domain environment. The use of diagnostic and monitoring software will be emphasized. (Prerequisite: NWAT1601, NWAT1602, NWAT1641) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
NWAT2676
Wireless Communications
This course provides a survey of techniques and procedures followed in the development of business computer information systems. Topics include structured approaches to needs assessment, specification, design, system development, documentation development and implementation of new systems. Students will be introduced to various CASE tools and their uses in system analysis and design. The student will use these tools to plan and create systems based on different network scenarios. (Prerequisites: NWAT1641, NWAT1649) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
NWAT2681
Fundamentals of Security
As organizations accelerate their interest in network business solutions, they need qualified professionals who possess the skills necessary to ensure the security of all network-based transactions. This course will provide training to improve the student's skills and knowledge in three key areas of network security: firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and virtual private networks. Practical hands-on projects will guide the student through implementing hardware, software, network, Internet and data security configurations. (Prerequisite or concurrent: NWAT1641) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
NWAT2683
Security Threats & Countermeasures
This course covers the concepts and familiarity of the tools and techniques used by malicious network intruders. The student will learn to recognize security threats and vulnerabilities that exist in present networking environments. Additional emphasis will be placed on recognizing and mitigating responsive measures to lessen the negative effectiveness of security breaches. (Prerequisites: NWAT1641 and NWAT 2681) (Prerequisite or concurrent: NWAT1649) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
NWAT2684
Server & Desktop Security
This course covers Windows Server and Windows desktop operating systems security issues. Students will learn how to install and configure basic and intermediate security features that can be implemented in a server-client environment. Emphasis will be placed on securing network remote access, standalone and domain security options, group policy administration, file and folder access/encryption, client login controls and restrictions, operating system updates and backup/restore procedures. Additional attention will focus on basic Linux security. (Prerequisites: NWAT1601, NWAT1602, and NWAT1641) (Prerequisite or concurrent: NWAT1649) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
NWAT2689
Forensic Investigation
This course covers a basic to intermediate approach to secure home and business wireless networks. Students will learn how wireless networks are installed and implemented in various networking environments and topologies. Emphasis will be placed on understanding security features found on most wireless routers. Students will have an opportunity to install, configure and implement a secure wireless network. Additional emphasis will be given to third party security software solutions. (Prerequisites: NWAT1601, NWAT1602, NWAT1641, NWAT2681) (Prerequisite or concurrent: NWAT1649) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
NWAT2692
Electronic Devices Forensics
The Electronic Devices Forensics course provides an introduction to mobile device forensics including practical approaches and best practices involved in performing mobile forensics. Students will examine the internals of popular mobile devices including their operating systems, hardware, and security concepts. Students will gain an understanding of the tools available to perform mobile forensic tasks including data acquisitions, data recovery, and industry best practices. (Prerequisites: NWAT1601, NWAT1602, NWAT1641, NWAT1649, NWAT2681, and NWAT2689) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
NWAT2693
Website and Applications Security
Website and application security prepares the student for a role as a security officer, auditor, security professional, or site administrator. It also empowers a website and/or application developer with the knowledge necessary to create and maintain secure applications. The course studies how various vulnerabilities in server architecture, web/application development, and database structure expose these systems to attack. Students learn how these vulnerabilities are exploited and develop the skills to effectively protect these systems against attack. Students will gain an understanding of the tools hackers use to exploit these issues. They also learn to effectively utilize tools to detect attack and set up appropriate countermeasures to defend against attacks and intrusion. (Prerequisites: NWAT1641, NWAT1649, NWAT2681 and NWAT2689) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
 
45 crs

Total Credits Required for this Major: 60 Credits


Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$11,675
Minimum Tool Cost:N/A
Books/Supplies:$1,600
Estimated Total:$13,275
 

 


Career Opportunities

  • Federal, state and county law enforcement agencies
  • Private industry cyber security manager
  • Forensic analysts
  • Cyber security private investigator

Career Information

Outcomes

Program graduates will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate the ability to manage and secure data on private and corporate networks and devices
  2. Evaluate, identify and implement appropriate security standards and policies
  3. Demonstrate the ability to formulate and use a variety of forensic tools to capture, access, retrieve and store digital information
  4. Understand the numerous components of the criminal justice system
  5. Apply criminal justice methods in response to cyber and information security compromises

Highlights

  • Acquire proactive skills in protecting and securing private and corporate network digital information
  • Learn and understand cyber security breaches and mitigation techniques
  • Understand the criminal justice system and how to effectively communicate with criminal justice agencies
  • Program classes are offered 100% online

Instructors

  • Steve Rudnik has been in the information technology field since 1994, providing networking services to businesses and schools in southeastern Minnesota. He holds certifications in A+, Network+, Server+, Security+, CAN (Certified Novell Administrator), CCNA (Certified Cisco Network Associate), CCAI (Cisco Certified Academy Instructor) and a certified Citrix Metaframe technician. In addition, Steve has been trained and certified to recognize network security threats and vulnerabilities and implementing counter measures. He has also been trained and certified by a NSA (National Security Agency) approved program for configuring and implementing router, firewall and VPN security for data networks. Currently, Steve is a full-time faculty member at Minnesota State College Southeast’s Network Administration and Technology Department, instructing students on Microsoft, Novell, and Unix/Linux platforms.
  • Greg Cady began teaching at MSC Southeast as an adjunct instructor in 2004, moving to a full-time tenure track position in 2007. Prior to joining the teaching team, he dedicated 18 years in various positions within the criminal justice profession in California and Minnesota. Greg is also a commissioned officer in the United States Navy Reserve with more than 25 years of service. He studied at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, where he earned a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Elective Studies Degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice.

 

 

 
 

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